Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Walter Thompson

Walter Thompson

Adjunct Senior Instructor

Mechanical Engineering

Walter is an Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineer with over 38 years of experience working on the tactical and strategic elements of space transportation. He is developing two new aerospace engineering graduate classes for the department, one in orbital mechanics and the other in trajectory and performance. He will be teaching both classes when they debut in Spring 2022.

Walter’s experience spans the gamut from integrating the Centaur onto the Space Shuttle to leading the teams that design the trajectories, guidance, and controls for over 140 Atlas III, Atlas V, Delta II, and Delta IV launches.  Along the way he worked on national aerospace plane designs, lunar and Mars transportation architecture studies, as the trajectory engineer for the Cassini mission to Saturn and numerous other NASA missions, and the development programs of Atlas V, Vulcan Centaur, and currently Blue Origin’s New Glenn. 


  • M.S. 1990, San Diego State University – Aerospace Engineering
  • B.S. 1983, Wichita State University – Aeronautical Engineering